Editorial Views  |   September 2019
Resident Mental Health: Time for Action
Author Notes
  • From the Department of Psychiatry, Anesthesiology, and Clinical and Translational Science, and Student Mental Health Services, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and LifeSolutions Employee Assistance Program, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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  • Accepted for publication May 28, 2019.
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Article Information
Editorial / Education / CPD
Editorial Views   |   September 2019
Resident Mental Health: Time for Action
Anesthesiology 9 2019, Vol.131, 464-466. doi:https://doi.org/10.1097/ALN.0000000000002879
Anesthesiology 9 2019, Vol.131, 464-466. doi:https://doi.org/10.1097/ALN.0000000000002879
I completed my internship in internal medicine in preparation for residency in psychiatry at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York, New York, in 1999. Most of the experiences I remember from this intense year are warm, poignant, and amusing. However, I also remember “long-call” every fourth night over four consecutive months, a disrupted sleep schedule, crying on the shoulder of a colleague in a chilly call room because a medical error may have hastened a patient’s death, and frequent irritability and limited resilience for any additional non–work-related stress. An example of my poor frustration tolerance was standing in the checkout line at the local grocery store, and abandoning my cart in a silent fury, thinking to myself, “How dare they make me wait after I just worked a 70-h week.”